Inverness Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness, ordinary of the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness. The cathedral is the northernmost cathedral in mainland Britain and was the first new cathedral to be completed in Great Britain since the Reformation.

Bishop Robert Eden decided that the Cathedral for the united Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness should be in Inverness. The foundation stone was laid by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Charles Longley, in 1866 and construction was complete by 1869, although a lack of funds precluded the building of the two giant spires of the original design. The architect was Alexander Ross, who was based in the city. The cathedral is built of red Tarradale stone, with the nave columns of Peterhead granite.



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Angela said 32 days ago
The photo with the faith, hope and charity statues is not the Cathedral but Ness Bank Church on the other side of the River Ness from Inverness Cathedral


Founded: 1866-1869
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom


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Morgan Hefner (2 years ago)
The cathedral was amazing. You can roam pretty much the whole place. It is a peaceful and warm place to be.
David Bisset (2 years ago)
The masterpiece of local architect Alexander Ross. The interior is Victorian opulence. The cathedral sits agreeably beside the River Ness. The services are high church with strong choral singing and classic organ music. The cathedral is normally open to visitors.
Peter Pickering (2 years ago)
This is a nice place to visit which can incorporate a walk along the banks of the River Ness. The Cathedral is a lovely building in a very scenic area with great views of Inverness Castle across the river. A good information booklet can be bought which supports your visit, and in my view is well worth it for the detail it contains. We parked on Ardross Street and walked around the area as well as touring the Cathedral. Nice cup of coffee which we took away with us and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Recommended.
Dasmin Niriella (2 years ago)
I was told of the long term public car park available in this church by the reception staff of the hotel I was staying. Situated at the end of Ness Walk it is open 24 hrs and costs only £5 for 24 hrs. It even has facilities to charge your electric car. The church itself is magnificent both inside and out. If you want to park your car safely and for a reasonable price this is the place.
Neil Atkins (3 years ago)
Worth a visit, the scale of the site is amazing, and it’s position at the top of the headland makes for some great scenery. Definitely worth the time, if you are a history or photography buff. Very interesting ruins with lots to see
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Kirkjubøargarður ('Yard of Kirkjubøur', also known as King"s Farm) is one of the oldest still inhabited wooden houses of the world. The farm itself has always been the largest in the Faroe Islands. The old farmhouse dates back to the 11th century. It was the episcopal residence and seminary of the Diocese of the Faroe Islands, from about 1100. Sverre I of Norway (1151–1202), grew up here and went to the priest school. The legend says, that the wood for the block houses came as driftwood from Norway and was accurately bundled and numbered, just for being set up. Note, that there is no forest in the Faroes and wood is a very valuable material. Many such wood legends are thus to be found in Faroese history.

The oldest part is a so-called roykstova (reek parlour, or smoke room). Perhaps it was moved one day, because it does not fit to its foundation. Another ancient room is the loftstovan (loft room). It is supposed that Bishop Erlendur wrote the 'Sheep Letter' here in 1298. This is the earliest document of the Faroes we know today. It is the statute concerning sheep breeding on the Faroes. Today the room is the farm"s library. The stórastovan (large room) is from a much later date, being built in 1772.

Though the farmhouse is a museum, the 17th generation of the Patursson Family, which has occupied it since 1550, is still living here. Shortly after the Reformation in the Faroe Islands in 1538, all the real estate of the Catholic Church was seized by the King of Denmark. This was about half of the land in the Faroes, and since then called King"s Land (kongsjørð). The largest piece of King"s Land was the farm in Kirkjubøur due to the above-mentioned Episcopal residence. This land is today owned by the Faroese government, and the Paturssons are tenants from generation to generation. It is always the oldest son, who becomes King"s Farmer, and in contrast to the privately owned land, the King"s Land is never divided between the sons.

The farm holds sheep, cattle and some horses. It is possible to get a coffee here and buy fresh mutton and beef directly from the farmer. In the winter season there is also hare hunting for the locals. Groups can rent the roykstovan for festivities and will be served original Faroese cuisine.

Other famous buildings directly by the farmhouse are the Magnus Cathedral and the Saint Olav"s Church, which also date back to the mediaeval period. All three together represent the Faroe Island"s most interesting historical site.